Can you help teenagers produce their prizewinning sauce?

photo (8)A SPICY sauce created by Bristol teenagers is proving such a hot success that a commercial partner is being sought. Students at Fairfield High School in Horfield developed their Amaliso sauce for the Young Enterprise contest and up to now it has been manufactured by their school chef.

The team of 14 and 15-year-olds has been in talks with two potential manufacturers, Rose Farm, from Somerset, and the Chantek Company, but for various reasons neither was able to help. Now Team Amaliso is appealing for anyone who could make the sauce for students to continue to sell at festivals and events to get in touch with the school.

The sauce, a blend of east African flavours, comes in four varieties – original (tamarind), carrot, coconut and dates – and can add zest to everything from burgers, hot dogs, chips, rice, and pizza to salad. Its name is an anagram of Somalia.

The students finalised the recipe for the chutney after carrying out taste tests. Their aim was to develop a product that reflects the multicultural nature of their team – members come from Sweden, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Kenya, Holland, Ethiopia, Norway and Somalia – and their school.

The team members are Arafa Moaw, Hiwaaq Dahir, Abdinajib Ahmed, Vanessa James, Maria Ahmed, Samia Osman, Tyreke Angus, Fatima El Elmi and Kawsar Omar.

After wowing the judges at the area final in Clevedon, where they performed their promotional song to the tune of the Black Eyed Peas’ What a Feeling, the students came away with three of the nine titles – best Bristol school, best business adviser – Rotary’s Ron Stagg – and company programme winner.

On June 16, the students represented the West of England in the South West regional final and notched up two more prizes: they took the finance award and Charmaine Clarke was named best link teacher.

Caroline Tarbuck, from Young Enterprise, said: “ The standard of entries in the competition for 2014 was exceptionally high. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Anyone who might be able to help manufacture the sauce for the team is asked to contact Ms Clarke by email at ccl@fairfield.bristol.sch.uk or by calling 0117 9527100.

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